It has been a busy touring season for Dr. Preventino and the Giant Colon crew- and below the cut is a long awaited update to where the shocking and possibly lifesaving exhibit has been!

The CCAC's Ron Basdeo accepts the Family Medicine Forum's award for Most Innovative Booth on behalf of the CCAC and our Giant Colon

MONCTON, New Brunswick – September 25 to 26

Held in Moncton as part of the Moncton Boomers Revolution — Moncton Coliseum.  In what has to be a record for “firsts,” The first Giant Colon exhibit  ever appearing on the east coast, rolled into the Moncton Coliseum to be part of the first ever Boomers Revolution trade show held in the Maritime provinces.  Competing against another first, the first ever Canadian Football League regular season game, “Touchdown Atlantic,” our Giant Colon made for some interesting comments and observations.  While the competition was tough going against a well attended football game and hype, we held our own and saw over 1000 visitors during the show.   Congratulations are in order to Nancy Blanchard, manager for the Boomers Revolution, who provided us with great support as well as Ken and Judy, from Legault Companies.  Also in attendance to highlight the weekend was Mark Cohen, commissioner of the CFL.

EDMONTON, Alberta – September 30 to October 2

Held at Shaw Conference Centre as part of the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA) conference.  After a whirlwind turnaround from the Moncton “ Boomers Revolution” show, the Giant Colon headed to Edmonton to be a big part of the CSGNA-2010 conference held in the Shaw Conference Centre.  This year’s 26th conference, normally held bi-annually in Ontario, was a huge success with the GC coming off as the highlight of the conference.  Despite the event not being open to the general public, it was a very dynamic and fast paced  event,  with our Giant Colon exhibit being described by CSGNA’s principal planner as “a great addition to the event.”  Also, it was great to reconnect with all the Gastro Enterologists and GI nurses, including Kathy Hume, Niagara Health System and Bruce Good, VP of RX&D, who was in Calgary and dropped in.  Visiting to each of the booths was based on scheduled program events and included a contest  that saw the winner awarded  with a free entry to next year’s event.  Close to 800 nurses and associates ventured through the colon and walked away quite impressed with our presentation.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – October 14 to 16

Held at the magnificent Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.  This high exposure event saw over 2800 physicians in attendance – 30% from the BC area and the balance from the rest of Canada & North America.  With an introductory message sent from the Prime Minister and the backdrop of the giant Olympic torch, along with its sheer size, it made for a memorable event.  Topping off our GC visit, the Giant Colon exhibit was awarded the “Best In Innovation” award which was one of three awards presented for this event.  This award obviously recognizes the effectiveness and importance of our Giant Colon in educating society.

GARDEN RIVER, Ontario – October 15

Held in the Garden River Community Centre, a small native community east of Sault Ste. Marie.  This Giant Colon event saw over 400 attendees take over the Garden River Community Centre.  The GC appearance, which saw the entire Garden River elementary and high school population in attendance, was the 3rd stop in our Aboriginal Tour. Adding to this special day was the North Shore Tribal Council on Diabetes.   A special thanks to the Garden River Health Centre RN’s who so graciously volunteered their time, and most of all to the Garden River Health Centre and CancerCare Ontario who so graciously sponsored this event.

TORONTO – October 30 to 31

Toronto Zoomers Show held at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place.  Our Giant Colon was part of a spirited Halloween weekend with in excess of 20,000 visitors taking in the Toronto Zoomers Show.  The GC saw over 3600 visitors pass through with our own Adrien, assisted by our Educational/Clinical Specialist and Frank Pitman, CCAC’s Volunteer Coordinator.  In addition, our GC staff gave a live interview on Zoomer’s AM740.  The Colorectal Cancer Association extends their appreciation to Zoomers who generously provided us with the event space due to our previous success.  A special thanks goes out to David Sersta, VP of Business Affairs – Zoomers, who helped co-ordinate the event, and Belinda Tham, RN, BSc – Gastroenterology nurse who so graciously gave of her time for this event.

TORONTO, Ontario – November 8 to 9

Ontario Health Achieve held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.   A first time attendance at the OHA event for the GC, one of over 150 exhibitors at the event.  Our Giant Colon was one of the feature attractions with in excess of 2300 visitors passing through.  A special thanks goes out to Isabella Wai – Director of Convention Exhibits who provided space for our exhibit and assisted with the co-ordination.  Also, once again, much appreciation to Belinda Tham, RN, BSc, who provided us with her professional experience in gastroenterology.

STEINBACH, Manitoba – November 19 to 20

Held at the Clearspring Centre amidst a fierce winter storm that actually interfered with Friday’s Giant Colon activity.  The storm actually prevented some of the volunteers getting  to Steinbach from Winnipeg as the highway from there was virtually impassable for awhile, however, one individual, Monica Achtemichuk of CancerCare Manitoba, managed to struggle through the storm and arrive to assist us on Friday.  Coming over on Saturday from Winnipeg were several members of the Kick Butt team, including Betty Hutton, wife of recently deceased Don Hutton who was a phenomenal supporter of CCAC, Dave Parker, Sid Chapnick, David and Shirley Nash and Karen Insley.  Also checking in constantly via e-mails from Arizon was Andy Arnot. This second appearance in Manitoba was a particularly poignant event for Betty and other team members that were associated with Don as it allowed for reminiscing, old times and closure around Don’s ultimate goal of seeing the GC in Winnipeg which he so unfortunately missed due to his sudden passing.  A special thanks to Canadian Cancer Society, MB volunteers who so graciously gave of their time to make this event a success with close to 1000 visitors passing through.

Photos below are courtesy of the amazing Kick Butt Run blog!  Please check them out!

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – November 27 to 28

Vancouver Zoomers held at the Vancouver Convention Centre which was the first time Zoomers appeared outside of Toronto. Our Giant Colon visit to Vancouver was a first for the city and close to 3000 visitors graced the GC display.  We are certainly indebted to Zoomers for providing the space for our display on their inaugural visit to Vancouver.